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Top Sydney-based hoop Tommy Berry believes a trip to Melbourne for the Memsie Stakes 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse at the end of the month would suit Saturday’s Missile Stakes winning mare Sweet Idea.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel mare made her four-year-old debut with a determined victory in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick over the weekend, paying a nice price to do so through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Now a trip to Victoria for an elite level assignment could be next on the cards.
Third in the Golden Slipper as a juvenile last April, winner of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast this January and now a dual Group 2 champion Sweet Idea has done lots right in NSW and Queensland over her 14 start career.
A six time winner, and also a narrow second to Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) during the autumn, she’s yet to race in Melbourne.
That could change as soon as August 30 however with Waterhouse considering a next-up run in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield at the end of the month.
It’s a race and track Berry, aboard the mare for her six of her starts so far including the Missile, believes she could thrive over and be very competitive in.
“[The Memsie] definitely would be the right go,” Berry told Racing Retro on Sunday morning.
“[Caulfield is] a nice tight track, she picks-up quite well from the 500-to-600 metre mark and horses that seem to do that at Caulfield can slip away and get a good lead.
“It’s one of those tracks that horses start coming late but if you can fight you can really hold them off… it’s a great idea [to take her there] and the track would definitely suit her well.”
The Memsie Stakes field is certainly shaping up as a star-studded affair with a host of genuine top liners heading towards a run in the weight-for-age clash.
Some of the other more notable Memsie Stakes-bound gallopers include Cox Plate runner-up Happy Trails, David Payne’s Rosehill Guineas – ATC Derby double winner Criterion, the Peter Moody-trained Moment Of Change and Puissance De Lune who resumes in Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).
Despite the class of this line-up Berry places Sweet Idea in the race well saying the majority of her rivals wouldn’t be tuned up for a Group 1 win at this early stage of the carnival.
“A bit like yesterday, it’s probably her time to have a crack at it really early,” he said speaking of her Missile Stakes victory over Cox Plate hope Messene (2nd) and Group 1 winner Rebel Dane (3rd) who did their best work late.
Sweet Idea was racing for the first time off a four month let-up and her gutsy run against a class field showed Berry just how good a horse she is turning out to be.
“She did it all herself,” he told the media post-win on Saturday.
“She had a good blow when pulling up and I know the others have got improvement in them but so does she.
“She bottomed out at the 100 metres, I thought Messene had me (but) she just doesn’t know how to give up.”
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